THE MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY AND ENTERPRISE AND THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR EUROPEAN FUNDS: WasteServ opens its first Reuse Centre

Hal Far Civic Amenity Site will welcome second-hand items so that they can be reused

The Civic Amenity Site in Hal Far will welcome second-hand items, thanks to an investment done by WasteServ to open its first Reuse Centre.

At this reuse centre, the public will be able to get used items that are still in good condition through a donation and the money will go to a fund set up by WasteServ, which will be used for environmental initiatives.

During a visit by Minister Miriam Dalli, Parliamentary Secretary Chris Bonett and WasteServ CEO Richard Bilocca, it was explained that in these centres one can find various items including ceramics, toys, books, pet accessories, loose furniture, and even musical instruments.

With a total investment of €170,000, WasteServ will be opening more centres, in Luqa, Mriehel, and in Gozo.

“These centres will encourage better use of existing resources to continue moving towards a more circular economy. Items that are still in good condition should not end up as waste and so we are reducing waste in the process,” explained Minister Miriam Dalli.

Minister Dalli added that “such projects not only leave a positive impact on the environment but also create new green jobs which contribute towards the transition to an ecological and circular economy.”

Parliamentary Secretary Chris Bonett said that WasteServ has been going through various initiatives and educational campaigns to bring awareness to waste separation, recycling and reusing of items.

“Through the new financing programme 2021-2027, funds will be allocated so that WasteServ can carry out such projects to recycle waste and items that can be reused, will be used for other things,” said Dr Bonett.

WasteServ CEO Richard Bilocca explained that the public can get these items through a donation. “The established donation will go into a designated fund that will be used for future environmental initiatives. Various items, such as toys, books, and instruments will be given out for free.”

Works on the other three centres – at the civic amenity sites of Luqa, Mriehel and Tal-Kus in Gozo – are in the final phases.

This project is partially financed by the European Union, as part of the Cohesion Funds – Structural Funds and European Investment 2014-2020.

Source: Office of the Prime Minister